Professor of Biology, Wesleyan University
Michael Weir is a Professor of Biology at Wesleyan University. Until recently he was director of the Wesleyan Hughes Program in the Life Sciences. He teaches courses in the areas of bioinformatics and genetics/genomics as well as a new Problems-Based-Learning version of introductory biology. His research group focuses on understanding how ribosomes know where to start protein synthesis on the mRNA, and uses analytical approaches from bioinformatics as well as wet-lab experiments in molecular genetics and peptide mass spectrometry. He has worked extensively with Liz Lerman and Elizabeth Johnson to bring science choreography into the classroom as a powerful complement to other learning approaches.